Rensselaer CATS hosted a delegation of energy efficiency professionals from Russia on December 4 as part of the U.S.-Russia Management Training Exchange Program, which is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Russian Ministry of Economic Development. The delegates represented a diverse group of managers from companies working to improve energy efficiency for industrial and manufacturing facilities and processes, new and existing commercial and residential buildings, and clean-air transportation. They were participating in a short-term technical assistance program to gain a broad overview of best practices and trends within the U.S. energy efficiency sphere and to build relationships with U.S. organizations.
The group toured Rensselaer CATS' facilities and reviewed industrially driven research programs led by CATS researchers to improve energy efficiency of manufacturing and industrial processes through automation. The CATS shared its long history in energy efficient fuel cell manufacturing process development, showcased research taking place in its dual arm lab advancing human-robot interaction in manufacturing applications, reviewed a control system developed to improve energy efficiency in transportation applications, and highlighted emerging energy efficient techniques in advanced compsites manufacturing developed by CATS researchers.
The U.S.-Russia Management Training Exchange Program was created by the United States Department of Commerce and the Russia Federation’s Ministry of Economic Development in 2011 to help improve mutual understanding and increase business and trade ties between the two countries. Under the program, managers and business leaders from Russia will spend several weeks in the United States. The 2012 Energy Efficiency program brought 19 carefully selected Russian industry specialists to the United States to provide training in U.S. business practices and encourage business networking opportunities.
Participants gain a comprehensive understanding of American business culture, management principles, and an overview of the U.S. energy efficiency sector. Delegates will improve their knowledge of industry trends in the United States through meetings with companies, industry associations, government representatives, and other organizations.